Hof University of Applied Sciences distinguishes best bachelor theses with Raumedic Prize

Helmbrechts/Hof - On April 11, medical technology manufacturer Raumedic and the engineering department of the Hof University of Applied Sciences hosted the seventh Engineering Colloquium. In the presence of some 100 guests, Dr. Michael Nase, professor for plastics technology, honored the three best bachelor theses from the engineering department. The evening also provided exciting glimpses into the field of medical hearing research. Head of HR at Raumedic, Christina Hechtfischer, highlighted career and job opportunities for students at the Helmbrechts-based company. 

Prizes for three bachelor theses

During the most important part of the event, the award ceremony, Hannes Späth took first place for his thesis. The cooperative degree student in the field of mechanical engineering researched which effects are responsible for efficiency losses on structurally modified impellers in centrifugal pumps. His employer is especially pleased with the great practical value of his findings – because at the KSB company in Pegnitz, the winner’s research findings are already being incorporated into a development project. But the 22 year-old is not finished with his studies and hopes to follow up his bachelor degree with a master program in Nuremberg. Before that, the graduate from Pegnitz wants to take a Mediterranean cruise with his girlfriend. The prize money of €1,000 is therefore well-invested. 

The authors of the second and third place bachelor theses were also recognized at the Engineering Colloquium: Winners Philipp Vieweg from Kronach and Johannes Vetter from Wunsiedel each received a check for €100. 

A vision of better hearing

Medical technology was also featured prominently at the Engineering Colloquium. Guest speaker Theodor Doll, professor at the Medical University of Hanover, was visibly impressed when looking out at the fully occupied rows of chairs: “I didn’t think I would be speaking to an entire lecture hall today.” 

His presentation made it clear to everyone present how dedicated the scientist is to the ear as a sensory organ. People with hearing impairment are now being given cochlear implants that don’t deliver perfect speech quality, he said. Doll pointed to a current research project to explain how that could change in the future with help from medical-grade silicone from a 3D printer. There is a clear vision behind the project: In the future, every person dealing with hearing loss should be able to have an individually customized implant for optimal hearing. After all, every ear is anatomically different. 

In conclusion, the professor had a clear message of warning: “Anyone with poor hearing should by all means have a hearing device. Hearing loss is always associated with a risk of dementia!”

Successful event concept

Before the guests retreated to the foyer of the Iisys Building for a buffet, Dr. Tobias Plessing, dean of the engineering department at the Hof University of Applied Sciences, took the floor. He commended the three bachelor graduates for their outstanding achievements. In addition, Plessing thanked the guest speakers and Raumedic for their support. “Judging by the reception and the mood here, the seventh Engineering Colloquium was another complete success,” said Christina Hechtfischer in summing up the event. “For us, the event is an ideal platform for gaining greater recognition as an employer in the region.”

About the Raumedic Prize

Since March 2015, the Hof University of Applied Sciences in conjunction with sponsor Raumedic has recognized the best bachelor and master theses from the engineering department, once a year for each degree. The first place winner receives a trophy and €1000, and the second and third place winners each receive €100. The idea for the event came from Dr. Michael Nase, whose aim is to bring together students, business representatives and members of the university to interact and share ideas at the engineering colloquium. In this context, Raumedic presents itself as a potential employer who can offer prospective academics diverse employment opportunities in Germany and abroad. 50 graduates of the Hof University of Applied Sciences already work with the medical device and pharmaceutical industry partner in a wide range of fields.

Hannes Späth (front center) took first place with his bachelor thesis at the seventh engineering colloquium. Professor Theodor Doll (front left) and Christina Hechtfischer (front right) celebrated with the winner. Others pictured: Event initiator Dr. Michael Nase with Dr. Robert Honke, the advisor for the winning thesis, and Raumedic trendscouting manager Dr. Thomas Ruhland (in back, from left to right).

Dr. Nase started by giving guests an overview of the key aspects of his professorship.

The intracranial pressure measurement catheter from Raumedic served as a showpiece in the foyer of the Iisys Building.

After the official part of the event, guests were treated to Italian specialties while networking and relaxing.